Leon Bridges Makes the Orpheum Bounce

Last night a sold out crowd at the Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, was bumping to the sweet sounds of Leon Bridges. This old soul born from humble beginnings brings his real deal to the stage. Blending best of the old with the new he keeps the crowd grooving with ‘Smooth Sailin’ – ‘Better Man and then he restores your soul with the ‘River.’

‘Shine he says ‘I wrote a couple of years ago, and when my Mama heard it she said ‘son you sound like a man.’

Leon just makes you feel happy and he told the crowd ‘not to be shy, to get up and enjoy the music and dance.’

When the stars align things happen quickly and a man who honours his Mother has one foot set in the right direction from the very start.

It seems he was meant to shine in the very place he is walking and what makes him so special is that he ‘gets’ that with privilege comes responsibility and Leon wears that suit well.

I am riding this musical journey and I am so happy that you are experiencing it with me.

My greatest wish for him is that he will always hold close the sense of gratitude and respect that he carries within him now.

It’s just the beginning and the world is thirsty for what Leon has to offer.

Take me to your ‘River’ Leon – I wanna go.

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Look It Here- Song of the Day

“I got a love so hard I can’t stand it and with a heart so weak and abandoned”

We first discovered Nathaniel Rateliff as a solo artist in the indie Documentary, ‘Austin to Boston’

We are glad the music world is giving him his turn to hit you in the soul. Something real and true.


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Brooklyn – Makes You Feel Good

Love getting caught up in the cinema and this weekend I took in Brooklyn – twice.

Ellis Lacey departs from her home in Ireland to find a new way in the city of Brooklyn, New York. This screen play written by Nick Hornby captures the sweet innocence of this historical period in time, with Director John Crowley and Cinematographer Yves Bélanger creating an ambience that makes the heart grow nostalgic for moments that may be long forgotten in this new day and age.

Brooklyn presents us with Ellis (Saoirse Ronan) experiencing a dire bout of homesickness, which in this case makes her ache for a place she was aching to leave. After riding the waves of change ‘Irish Ellis’ meets  ‘Italian Tony’ (Emory Cohen) who wins her heart and trust with his loyalty. She finds the feeling of home within him.

This film takes you through the makings of love – the feelings of loss – the rawness of temptation – and the victory of triumph.

Truly touching, this is composed and powerful filmmaking that makes the complications of life seem poetic, beautiful, and integral. Overall Brooklyn just makes you feel happy and believe in the power of love.


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Dido Talks Music, White Flag & Independence

How did music come to you?

I spent a lot of my childhood in my own head, making up stories. I didn’t have a lot of outside influences, so I was able to make my own decisions about what I wanted to do. My dad’s Irish music was very much a part of me.
I feel very warm towards Mum and Dad for giving us the independence they did. My childhood, and the fact we didn’t have a TV, gave me a boundless imagination. Looking back, I think that’s why I did music. I’d get home from school and the house would be so quiet.

‘I’m in love and I always will be.’ Tell us about White Flag…

That was about my ex fiance a long while back – we broke up and it was a classic heart break song. I really meant it at the time.
With anyone that you love you always have a love for them, it doesn’t just simply die. But in this case it was probably more true back then than it is now for me.
It’s a great song and I still enjoy performing it. I like watching the audience respond and feeling you can put everything into it.

Breakups have a way of building you up or tearing you down – it’s nice to see you so happy now.

The older you get, the more you realize you’re drifting toward a direction, and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction. You can’t blame anybody for it. I like being a strong, independent woman, and to be honest, I was never afraid to be on my own. It’s great to go on your own and discover new things just for yourself, to meet new people and all that. If you’re all on your own, then there is nobody there to guide you and you have to make all the decisions for yourself. It’s quite liberating in a way.

Life For Rent Is – it’s an interesting thought…

I’m too much of a control freak and I learned with ‘Life For Rent’ that my life isn’t really my own. I only rented it for a while, but if I don’t manage to buy it, to own it, then nothing of what I think is mine is really mine.

It seems too often that people assume that when you begin to succeed that you are rich – but it is not true – right?

Well we know that time and hard work bring us to a better place if we stay with it and are loyal but there was a time in fact, I’d just wanted to own something. Everyone thought of me as glamorous, rich and famous but all I had was some recording equipment and a battered old BMW.

Any advice for us women supporting women?

30 – 40 – 50 there is no age for women anymore. Time gives us something that others have yet to find. Be proud of yourself exactly as you are. Don’t be afraid to be on your own. Sometimes I feel it’s great to just disappear, grab a suitcase, switch the answering machine on and just go somewhere else.

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